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PKNS pre­pared to stop Darul Ta’zim hit­man

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY AJIT­PAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

PKNS are ready to face the threat from Darul Ta’zim’s new sign­ing Mo­hammed Ghad­dar when they meet the Su­per League cham­pi­ons at Shah Alam Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Ghad­dar was re­cruited by Darul Ta’zim re­cently af­ter scor­ing 18 goals in 12 matches for Ke­lan­tan.

The Le­banese in­ter­na­tional’s reg­is­tra­tion with Darul Ta’zim is still pend­ing but the Johor club is ex­pected to sort out the is­sue for the striker to make his de­but with his new team against PKNS.

Darul Ta’zim lead the league with 27 points while PKNS are on a mis­sion to avoid rel­e­ga­tion at ninth po­si­tion with 11 points.

PKNS, how­ever, need to reshuf­fle their line-up for the match as Ar­gen­tine cen­tre-back Gonzalo Soto is down with a knee in­jury while Safee Sali can­not be fielded as part of the clause when he signed with E. Elavarasan’s side from Darul Ta’zim.

The match is also a de­cider for PKNS’ for­eign play­ers to buck up as the club may make changes to their squad be­fore the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow ends on June 11.

Soto is in Ar­gentina seek­ing treat­ment for his knee and PKNS are wait­ing for his med­i­cal re­port on whether the in­jury is se­ri­ous.

“Whether Ghad­dar plays or not on Wednes­day, we will be ready for him. Ghad­dar likes to beat de­fend­ers and re­acts well to re­bounds,” said Elavarasan yes­ter­day.

“Darul Ta’zim are al­ready strong and the in­clu­sion of Ghad­dar will add more bite to their at­tack. We are host­ing them here and I hope the play­ers can earn some­thing from this match.”

In Soto’s ab­sence, Elavarasan is ex­pected to pair up ei­ther M. Si­vaku­mar or Ab­dul Ghani Rah­man with Fauzan Dzulk­i­fli in the heart of de­fence to­mor­row.

PKNS have drawn five matches and lost three times since the 3-0 suc­cess over Perak on Feb 11 in the league.

Mean­while, Melaka coach Eric Wil­liams has been rested for the game against Felda United in Jengka to­mor­row. His as­sis­tant, G. Sel­va­mo­han, will take charge of the team.

“Wil­liams in­formed me that he is ill and we sub­se­quently de­cided to rest him un­til fur­ther no­tice," said Melaka United Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Yu­soff Ma­hadi.

Mo­hammed Ghad­dar (front) could make his de­but for Darul Ta’zim against PKNS to­mor­row.

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